AOTY 2019

Panorama

La Dispute - Panorama
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #254 / 616
User Score
Based on 209 ratings
2019 Ratings: #571
March 22, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Sputnikmusic

What this adds up to, after four albums and a handful of EPs, is a band that is firing on all cylinders.

80
The 405

Each track on Panorama is a snapshot, a page torn from a pulpy paperback. For the fans, this is La Dispute’s beauty. For Dreyer, hearing his subject’s lives dissected back at him has been a cause of concern, so a distortion of sounds seems natural.

80
DIY

Jordan Dreyer has become a master storyteller on this album.

80
The Skinny

La Dispute are titans of their scene, but they’re also lyricists of the highest calibre, writing songs many will confide in. Album number four isn’t a drastic change in direction, but it reaches heights when their powerful words lash the mind.

80
Kerrang!

Panorama is another outstanding release from a truly special band.

76
Pitchfork

While Panorama is their most user-friendly release, it’s the one that asks most of all to be engaged with like a book—with undivided attention and without any expectation of immediate gratification, to linger on and to be footnoted for later discussion and rumination.

70
Exclaim!

La Dispute are more or less doing what they've always done. They're just continuing the refining process, whatever that is, for better or worse.

60
The Needle Drop

Though far from a bad album, Panorama finds La Dispute's idiosyncratic style becoming an albatross around the band's neck.

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75
This was the angriest album I've ever listened to. I've only listened to a few emo albums before this (one of them being The Black Parade, a really great album) so I really wasn't expecting much but, what I heard was some really powerful songs. Some of the songs were a bit repetitive but, I didn't really have a problem with it since it's only 10 tracks. And yeah the production on this album can be a bit messy but, there's just something about it that makes it more powerful and angrier. And that ... read more
zachthesnack
72
La Dispute make a triumphant return filled to the brim with uber-emotional lyricism and smooth melodic transitions. This album had some truly beautiful parts, but overall I fet like it lacked a bit of cohesion that other albums like Wildlife had. This was still a solid release and most definitely not a disappointment, it just got a bit drab by the end. Still miles better than what most post-hardcore acts are putting out.
PipePanic
67
@zachthesnack , this ones for you buddy.
So I had no idea what to expect on this one. Having heard Wildlife and absolutely loving it's hyper-emotional core to the lyrics, I was interested in where La Dispute's big, if not slightly dated, post-hardcore sound, would take the band. And i'm not gonna lie, while this sounds really nice, there isn't a lot here i'm going to be coming back to personally. And that's most likely more of a 'me problem' then the albums fault. The album almost takes a back ... read more
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76
Okay...

So, coming off of "Wildlife", an incredible record requested to me by mah boi @zachthesnack (thank you again =D), "Panorama" left me a little disappointed. I still liked it a lot, though. It still displays a lot of the emotional intensity that gave me chills in the first place and the lyrics are as poetic as ever. But it doesn't hit me hard like “Wildlife" did when I first heard it and it doesn't really refine anything sonically from that album. Like I ... read more
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Track List

  1. ROSE QUARTZ
  2. FULTON STREET I
  3. FULTON STREET II
  4. RHODONITE AND GRIEF
  5. ANXIETY PANORAMA
  6. IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN
  7. VIEW FROM OUR BEDROOM WINDOW
  8. FOOTSTEPS AT THE POND
  9. THERE YOU ARE (HIDING PLACE)
  10. YOU ASCENDANT
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